22 April 2020

Watch: What is biodiversity?

Biodiversity encompasses every living thing. Watch our animation that breaks down what it means and why it's so precious.

By Meryl Westlake

An illustrate of the globe

The Earth is teeming with life. From fungi to forests, bacteria to bountiful deserts, it is truly bountiful.

That’s biodiversity; a word that sums up all the life on Earth, from microscopic bacteria to whopping great big redwoods.

But biodiversity loss is one of the biggest environmental threats on the planet.

Kew scientists are working hard to identify as many plant and fungi species as we can, conserving them and protecting them for the future. 

Our animation breaks this all down for you.

Grevillea ‘Coastal Sunset’

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